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  • I have had what they call "Mountain Top" experiences several times in my life. Those moments of clarity where you can see it all so clearly, and it all makes sense, and there's an overwhelming sense of awe at life, and creation.

    This evening, I had a more literal mountaintop experience. It was every bit as awe-inspiring as the other variety, and may even have had some elements of that, as well. It will be a long time before I forget how it felt to be way up there, with a freeing wind whipping through my hair, and nothing but endless down on all sides. It almost felt like flying. If you closed your eyes and opened them back up, you got that definite sensation.

    We spent what seemed like hours climbing the Haleakala Volcano in a bus, then after going as far as the bus could take us, hiked the rest of the 9500 foot elevation up trails through volcanic rocks, to a peak that afforded a view down into the crater of the world's largest dormant volcano in one direction, and at the ocean way below the clouds in the other, as we watched the sun set.

    I will remember this in my heart ... for ever.
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